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Old Town Alexandria Getaway

Created by: Dave

Check out this trip to Old Town Alexandria just minutes from Washington DC. So much to do and see with incredible dining options.

Day 1

  • Lorien Hotel and Spa

    Lorien Hotel and Spa
    Address:
    1600 King Street, Alexandria, VA, 22314

    Phone:
    (877) 956-7436
    Website:
    www.lorienhotelandspa.com

    The new Lorien Hotel & Spa is an experience above the rest. Located in the heart of Old Town Alexandria, our luxury boutique hotel, a Kimpton Hotel, is a collaborative dream. Renowned interior designer Vicente Wolf created a space that is reflective of the past and grounded in modern sensibilities. The pure aesthetic of our sophisticated accommodations continue to Wolf's expert touch in the stylish calm of Lorien Spa, the newest hotel spa in the Washington DC area and the only one in Alexandria. Our destination restaurants, BRABO by Robert Wiedmaier and BRABO Tasting Room, led by the culinary vision of critically acclaimed Chef Robert Wiedmaier, complete the unique experience at Lorien Hotel & Spa.

  • Alexandria Visitors Center

    Alexandria Visitors Center
    Address:
    221 King St., Alexandria, VA, 22314

    Phone:
    (703) 746-3301
    Website:
    visitalexandriava.com

    Originally built in 1724 by William Ramsay, the house was probably barged up-river from Dumfries, VA to its present site after Alexandria was established in 1749. Ramsay, Alexandria's first postmaster, was a Scottish merchant and City founder. The Visitors Center was opened in 1956. It offers comprehensive services-- orientation video, maps brochures, reservations, foreign translations of materials, tickets for special events and for Mount Vernon sold here. Seasonal walking tours depart from the Ramsay House.

  • George Washington Masonic Memorial

    George Washington Masonic Memorial
    Address:
    101 Callahan Dr, Alexandria, VA, 22314

    Phone:
    (703) 683-2007
    Website:
    www.gwmemorial.org

    Patterned after a lighthouse in Alexandria, the Memorial displays a magnificent 17-ft. bronze statue of George Washington and an outstanding collection of Washington artifacts. Open daily 9.m.-5 p.m. (last tour 4 p.m.).

  • 219 Restaurant

    219 Restaurant
    Address:
    219 King Street, Alexandria, VA, 22314

    Phone:
    (703) 549-1141
    Website:
    www.219restaurant.com

    Unlike most of historic Alexandria's 18th century architecture, the building that houses the Two Nineteen Restaurant is over one
    hundred years old. Built in 1890 by the prosperous merchant Lewis Mac Kenzie, this elegant home reflects the Victorian style of the 19th century: an austere and sober red-brick exterior with an ornate but comfortable interior, so comfortable that it's rumored that the ghost of the last private tenant. Mrs. Edna M. Royster refuses to move out and haunts the building to this day.


    By 1979, the renovations were complete and the doors of Two-Nineteen were opened once more, now as a fine New Orleans style Creole restaurant. We hope that you will visit our bar in the Bayou Room. Listen to blues and jazz in the Basin Street lounge. And enjoy service and cuisine worthy of our Southern heritage in the two formal dining rooms.

Day 2

  • Christ Church

    Christ Church
    Address:
    Christ Church, Cameron and North Washington streets, Alexandria, VA, 22314

    Phone:
    (703) 549-1450
    Website:
    www.funside.com

    In the heart of Old Town Alexandria, this beautiful English country-style church was built between 1767-1773. It was attended by George Washington, whose pew is marked with a silver plaque, and Robert E. Lee. The surrounding gardens and cemetery were used by Union troops during the Civil War to graze their horses but the church itself was preserved as a sign of respect for George Washington.

    Public tours are available Monday-Saturday 9am-4pm and Sunday 2-4pm. All are welcome to attend Sunday morning and evening worship services.

  • Carlyle House Historic Park

    Carlyle House Historic Park
    Address:
    121 N. Fairfax St., Alexandria, VA, 22314

    Phone:
    (703) 549-2997
    Website:
    www.carlylehouse.org

    The historic Carlyle House was completed in 1753 by British merchant John Carlyle for his bride, Sarah Fairfax of Belvoir, member of one of the most prestigious families in colonial Virginia. Their home quickly became a center of social and political life in Alexandria and gained a foothold in history when British General Braddock made the mansion his headquarters in 1755. Braddock summoned five colonial governors to meet there to plan the early campaigns of the French and Indian War. On the National Register of Historic Places, Carlyle House is architecturally unique in Alexandria as the only stone, 18th-century Palladian-style house. Daily tours of the house, programs for schoolchildren, special events, exhibits and lectures explore the life and times of John Carlyle in pre-Revolutionary Alexandria. The site may be rented in the evenings for private functions and weddings.

  • King Street Blues - Old Town Alexandria

    King Street Blues - Old Town Alexandria
    Address:
    112 North Saint Asaph St, Alexandria, VA, 22314

    Phone:
    (703) 836-8800
    Website:
    www.kingstreetblues.com/oldtown/gethere.asp

    Located in the heart of Old Town, "Comfort Food with a Southern Accent". Try ribs, smoked pork or chicken, po' boys and many salad selections!

  • Alexandria Farmers' Market

    Alexandria Farmers' Market
    Address:
    Market Square/City Hall, 300 Block of King Street, Alexandria, VA, 22314

    Phone:
    (703) 883-4686

    Old Town Alexandria's Market Square Farmer’s Market is thought to be one of the nation's oldest continually operating farmer's markets. Farmers and artists have been selling their products since 1753. The market is open every Saturday morning from 5:30-10:30am throughout the year. A treasure trove of fresh vegetables, fruits and berries from regional farms, homemade baked goods, fresh flowers, and handmade crafts, the Farmer’s Market is a favorite way to greet the weekend in Old Town Alexandria.

  • Bike and Roll

    Bike and Roll
    Address:
    One Wales Alley, Alexandria, VA, 22314

    Phone:
    (703) 548-7655
    Website:
    www.bikethesites.com

    At Bike and Roll Alexandria, you will be fitted for a bike and provided with a lock, helmet, and trail map to navigate your way along the Mount Vernon Trail to George Washington’s home.


    Lock your bikes and spend the day exploring the expansive grounds, and 25 galleries and theaters with interactive exhibits and hundreds of original artifacts.


    In the afternoon, board the Miss Christin for a narrated boat cruise back to Old Town. Price includes bike rental/bike pick-up, estate admission and return boat ticket.


    We have individual bikes for children 4’6” and taller; toddlers and smaller children ride behind a guardian in trailer carriers or on trailer tandems.


    Ask about other tours and rentals at this location!


     

  • Landini Brothers

    Landini Brothers
    Address:
    115 King Street, Alexandria, VA, 22314

    Phone:
    (703) 836-8404
    Website:
    www.landinibrothers.com

    In the past 30 years, Landini Brothers, Inc. has served the greater Old Town Alexandria, Washington Metropolitan and surrounding areas. It has been only through the guiding principles of the Landini Family that this restaurant has set the standard for others in the industry. Research, scrupulous consistency to detail and the will to provide their clients with the best service, selection of wine and recipe’s are what make this institution a cut above the rest.

    Located in the heart of historic Old Town Alexandria and just minutes from downtown Washington D.C., let Landini Brothers, Inc. cater to any venue for lunch or dinner. Impress guests and associates in the wine room which boasts a capacity of up to 7000 bottles and a direct view of the historic 100 block of King Street.

Day 3

  • Mount Vernon, George Washington's Estate and Gardens

    Mount Vernon, George Washington's Estate and Gardens
    Address:
    Mount Vernon, 3200 Mount Vernon Memorial Hwy, Mount Vernon, VA, 22121

    Phone:
    (703) 780-2000
    Website:
    www.mountvernon.org

    The riverside estate of George Washington includes the Ford Orientation Center and Donald W. Reynolds Museum and Education Center, facilities with 25 galleries and theaters, more than 700 artifacts, and interactive displays that introduce visitors to the real George Washington. The most famous dentures in the world are on display, along with three life-size models of Washington created from a forensic investigation. The historic area features the restored Mansion, original outbuildings, the tomb where the Washingtons are buried, beautiful gardens, and heritage breed animals who work at a four-acre farm site near the river. George Washington’s Distillery is now open April through October, and is located adjacent to the Gristmill.

  • Vermilion Restaurant

    Vermilion Restaurant
    Address:
    1120 King Street, Alexandria, VA, 22314

    Phone:
    (703) 684-9669
    Website:
    www.vermilionrestaurant.com/

    Established in 2003, Vermilion features a menu of contemporary American cuisine. A classic neighborhood restaurant and bar located in Old Town, Vermilion is the perfect place for a casual night out, an intimate dinner, and all occasions in between. The bar at Vermilion boasts an extensive list of specialty drinks along with a selection of classic single malt scotches and small batch bourbons as well as more modern Vodkas and Gins. The Lounge begins only a few feet away from the bar, but exists a world away. Luxurious niches allow for personal conversations away from the action. The Lounge has played host to many an office happy hour, musical performance and special occasion.

Day 4

  • Gadsby's Tavern Museum

    Gadsby's Tavern Museum
    Address:
    Gadsby's Tavern Museum, 134 North Royal Street, Alexandria, VA, 22314

    Phone:
    (703) 746-4242
    Website:
    www.gadsbystavern.org

    Gadsby's Tavern Museum consists of two buildings, a ca. 1785 tavern and the 1792 City Hotel. The buildings are named for Englishman John Gadsby who operated them from 1796 to 1808. Mr. Gadsby's establishment was a center of political, business, and social life in early Alexandria. The tavern was the setting for dancing assemblies, theatrical and musical performances, and meetings of local organizations. George Washington enjoyed the hospitality provided by tavernkeepers and twice attended the annual Birthnight Ball held in his honor. Other prominent patrons included John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, and the Marquis de Lafayette.

  • Freedom House Museum

    Freedom House Museum
    Address:
    1315 Duke Street, Alexandria, VA, 22314

    Phone:
    (703) 836-2858
    Website:
    www.freedomhousemuseum.org

    Operated by the Northern Virginia Urban League and located in the former headquarters the largest domestic slave trading company in the country, the Freedom House Museum preserves the story of thousands of men, women and children who passed through these walls on a harrowing journey to lives of bondage and hard labor in the Deep South to enrich slave traders and slave holders. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the property that once held slaves captive now serves to emancipate, educate, and enlighten their descendants through exhibitions, tours and outreach. Self-guided tours, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Guided tours and weekends by appointment only. Free admission to the public; donations accepted.
    Hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

  • Chart House

    Chart House
    Address:
    One Cameron Street, Alexandria, VA, 22314

    Phone:
    (703) 684-5080
    Website:
    www.chart-house.com/

    Experience the specatcular views in Alexandria located in the historic Old Town.  Adjacent to the Torpedo Factory Art Center, the Alexandria Chart House offers spectacular nighttime views of the Capitol dome and Washington Mall from it waterfront location on the Potomac River


    The Chart House features seafood, steaks and pastas in a nautical motif setting. Casual to formal attire.


    All credit cards accepted; Reservations suggested.

Day 5

  • Potomac Riverboat Company

    Potomac Riverboat Company
    Address:
    105 N Union Street, Alexandria, VA, 22314

    Phone:
    (703) 684-0580
    Website:
    www.potomacriverboatco.com

    Enjoy public sightseeing tours, water taxi service from Alexandria to the National Harbor, Maryland or to Georgetown, the Washington Nationals' Ballpark and the National Mall and private charters along the historic Potomac River.


    Public tours: 1.) Cherry Blossom Festival Tours on the Potomac River - March 22- April 14, 2014 2.) View historic Alexandria, Virginia Seaport by Water 3.) Cruise to George Washington's Mount Vernon and tour the grounds and estate 4.) Take a 45 minute photo-sightseeing cruise from the Wharf at Mount Vernon. 5.) Narrated  service between  Alexandria,VA and Georgetown's Washington Harbour in D.C.; cruise past Nation's majestic monuments along the way. One way tours and group rates are offered on cruises. Special cruises for dog lovers available June - October. 


    Tour season: April - October. Taxi season: March  - December or as US Government allows for dock access. Book charters all year! Located behind the Torpedo Factory.

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